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underlying

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈlaɪ.ɪŋ/ us    /-dɚ-/

underlying adjective [before noun] (NOT OBVIOUS)

C2 real but not immediately obvious: And what might be the underlying significance of these supposedly random acts?
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underlying adjective [before noun] (BASED ON)

used to describe something on which something else is based: The price of the investment fell below the value of the underlying assets.

underlying adjective [before noun] (UNDER)

positioned under the surface of something: The currents are affected by the shape of the underlying rocks.
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